Pre-Med: What to Know About Being a Medical Scribe
As part of your research into pre-medical clinical experience opportunities, you may have come across medical scribing as a way to gain exposure to clinical settings. In the last few years, the use of electronic health records (EHR) has expanded in the United States, leading to doctors and health providers to rely partly on medical scribes to document and maintain patient data. As a medical scribe, you’ll accompany a physician, nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant during patient interactions and take down relevant information to enter in the patient’s records. You will also perform several clerical or administrative duties for the physician you’ve been assigned to. This allows doctors to spend more time diagnosing and treating patients and less time handling records. This role allows you to combine shadowing with other skills you’ll find valuable later in your career, such as patience and discretion, as well as maintaining your composure in stressful situations. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about working as a medical scribe as part of your pre-med clinical experience.